The life of this native Californian has certainly been eventful and exciting! Along with her creative headpieces, fashion, television and film appearances, Carmen Carter is publicly known for her dynamic and captivating vocal performances on the Emmy nominated hit television show Dancing with the Stars!
Carmen is the youngest of four children and grew up in a loving home. Her parents, Allen and Lillian Carter who have been married for over 57 years, always knew that she was destined for greatness! Graduating in the top five of the Morningside High School graduating class of ‘82, she continued her education at UCLA as a biology major.
While attending college, she often moonlighted in local clubs with the jazz fusion band “KUSH”. Eventually, the favorable reactions that she received from the audience while performing live outweighed her desire to continue her college education. Her parents were devastated! However, that which seemed to be disastrous proved to be the catalyst for the gratifying and successful career of Carmen Carter!
She forged on, pursuing her musical career and earned a spot as one of the most sought out session singers in Los Angeles! She has appeared in numerous films, television shows, commercials, concerts, and much more (see credits page). She has worked with notable directors, composers and producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Hans Zimmer, and Rob Cavallo to name a few. Needless to say, Carmen’s love for music and her decision to follow her dream has been an adventurous undertaking that truly paid off!
In addition to her interest in music, she has an admirable affinity for helping others! She has voluntarily donated her time and vocal talents to schools and other noteworthy organizations that promote the empowerment of people! She has performed with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band for the Discovery Arts organization, which is an outreach program designed to bring dance, drama, music and art to children battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. She has performed with jazz pianist and composer, Tim Heintz, for the Lily of the Valley Endeavor non-profit organization, which was created to help AIDS infected and affected children in South Africa and surrounding communities. She’s performed for the Le Femme Film festival promoting the empowerment of women. She has reserved her coveted VIP tickets to Dancing with the Stars as auction items to benefit organizations such as Sequoia Middle School, the Morningside Monarchs Alumni Association, Shred Kids Cancer and looks forward to supporting others.
Aside from her busy schedule, Carmen Carter is the proud wife and mother of two. She enjoys cooking and taking care of her family. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews! Birthdays and Holidays are glorious occasions in the Carter household!
Carmen Carter is a charismatic, gracious and family oriented artist who acknowledges where her talents comes from and gains immeasurable fulfillment from sharing them with others!